"We all deserve equal opportunities to work so that we can support our families and pursue our happiness."
Heather Conger joined Siegel LeWitter Malkani in 2006. She has been practicing primarily in the area of employment litigation and advice for employees facing a variety of obstacles or injustices in the workplace. Heather is a passionate and dedicated advocate for workers from all walks of life. She is committed to fighting on behalf of employees to help ensure that we all enjoy equal access to employment opportunities, regardless of our backgrounds or circumstances.
Heather has represented employees in a variety of employment-related cases involving harassment, retaliation, overtime pay, disability accommodations, family medical leave, violations of public policy, and discrimination based on age, sex, race, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and marital status. She has worked on behalf of individual employees and groups of employees in a wide range of industries including, for example, oil and gas, public utilities, healthcare, hospitality, science and technology, banking, retail, construction, and government. She has successfully advocated on behalf of her clients against large and small employers in litigation, arbitration, and mediation.
Heather has worked to achieve a number of successful outcomes for the firm's clients. For example, she defeated summary judgment in an age and disability discrimination case against a national retailer, leading to a significant six-figure settlement for a low-wage-earning salesman. She provided assistance to an unemployed worker whose former employer brought a retaliatory lawsuit against her after she had filed an administrative charge of discrimination with a government agency, achieving a settlement that included a dismissal of the case against the unemployed worker. She helped achieve a pre-litigation settlement of a case involving young female research assistants who had been discriminated against and sexually harassed by their male supervisor. She has also worked on cases involving reasonable accommodations, sexual harassment, retaliation, and pregnancy discrimination that resulted in significant settlements against employers of all sizes.
Heather was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2006 and is a member of the Labor and Employment Section. She is also a member of the Alameda County Bar Association, Employment and Labor Section. Heather volunteers as a Supervising Attorney with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center at its Workers' Rights Clinics in Berkeley and San Francisco.
Education and Background
Heather grew up in Texas and Saudi Arabia. She moved to California when she was in high school and graduated from Cate School in Carpinteria. She earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and worked for the American Red Cross in Houston, Texas for three years. She returned to California to attend law school at UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she received her J.D. in 2006.
Prior to joining Siegel LeWitter Malkani, Heather was a law student director for the East Bay Workers' Rights Clinic and now she serves as a volunteer attorney for the clinic. She also worked with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, advocating for workers with disabilities and representing low-wage workers in proceedings to collect unpaid wages and unemployment insurance. She also worked with the East Bay Community Law Center, providing assistance to low-income clients receiving public benefits, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, providing advice and counseling on a wide variety of legal issues affecting the LGBT community.